SpettacoloUnited States, 2017 : Alberta Premiere
Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. SPETTACOLO is a portrait of this 50-year-old tradition, where their piazza becomes their stage and every villager from 6 to 90 plays a part - the role of themselves. Directed by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen (MARWENCOL).
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017
Cleveland International Film Festival 2017
Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen are documentary filmmakers whose previous film MARWENCOL has won over 25 international awards, including two Independent Spirit Awards. Their current film SPETTACOLO has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEH, Sundance Documentary Fund, Creative Capital and the Tribeca Film Institute.
press for Spettacolo
"So poignant and is so intelligently told that it feels wrong, almost insulting, to call 'Spettacolo' charming, even if the movie is often delightful."- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Theater lovers and Italophiles alike should savor the documentary 'Spettacolo', an engaging and wistful look at a tiny Tuscan village"- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"4 1/2 stars - Like the best art, it reminds us of ourselves"- Alex Dueben, Film Threat
Won Audience Award, Biografilm Festival 2017
Won Special Jury Prize, Dallas International Film Festival 2017